Yakushima, Japan: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Yakushima, Japan? If you're planning to go to Yakushima, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Yakushima, Japan

Based on the climate and weather in Yakushima, the best time to go is November. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Yakushima, Japan by month

January

In January, Yakushima is chilly and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the 50s F (low 10s C) range.

At night, lows are in the 40s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Yakushima, with several of the days of the month having rain.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Long skirts
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Pants or jeans
  • Light jacket or fleece

February

February in Yakushima can be chilly and somewhat rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C) to high 50s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Pants or jeans
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Socks
  • Rain coat
  • Long skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses

March

March in Yakushima is cool and somewhat rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Socks
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long skirts
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear

April

April in Yakushima is balmy and somewhat rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (high 10s C) to low 60s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Long skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Socks
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Rain coat

May

If you visit Yakushima during May, you are likely to find that it is a perfect temperature and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (high 10s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear

June

If you visit Yakushima during June, you are likely to find that it is extremely warm and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (low 20s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Light footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear

July

If you go to Yakushima in July, you will notice that it can be very hot. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sandals
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Shorts

August

In August, Yakushima is really hot and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the 80s F (low 30s C) and occasionally jump into the low 90s F (low 30s C) range.

At night, lows are in the 70s F (mid 20s C). This is also a rainy time for Yakushima, with several of the days of the month having rain.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Shorts

September

September in Yakushima is hot and somewhat rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) to low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof footwear

October

October for Yakushima is a perfect temperature and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts or short pants
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion

November

November here is balmy. Temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Standard footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Umbrella
  • Socks
  • Dresses

December

December in this region can be chilly. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (mid 10s C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Dresses
  • Socks
  • Long skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light jacket or fleece

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Yakushima, Japan

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Yakushima, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types A and B
  • A SIM card that works in Yakushima
  • Appropriate museum wear

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